Air passenger arrested for allegedly raping a woman in business class mid flight

A woman in business class was allegedly raped by an airline passenger.

On the journey from Newark, New Jersey, to London, a British passenger is accused of forcing the woman to have sex as others slept.

During the flight, his claimed victim reported to United Airlines cabin crew, who called ahead to report the charges to police.

On Monday, January 31, at 6.30 a.m., Met officers boarded the plane at Heathrow Terminal 2.

The 40-year-old male was detained and escorted off the plane on suspicion of rape.

He was taken into custody at Heathrow police station, where his dabs, mugshot and a DNA saliva sample were taken.

Officers carried out a full forensic search of the luxury cabin. The man was later released under investigation pending further inquiries.

The woman, also 40 and British, was taken to a rape counselling suite and interviewed by specialist officers. The Sun report.

A Met Police spokesman confirmed the arrest and investigation.

It is understood the pair were in separate rows in business class, but had earlier been chatting and drinking with each other in a lounge area.

A source told the publication: “The woman said she was raped by the passenger during the flight while others were asleep.

“She was distraught and reported it to cabin staff who radioed ahead to police, who were waiting as the plane came in to land.

“The parties were apparently unknown to each other beforehand but had apparently been seen talking to each other and drinking before and during the flight.

“She alleged that he then raped her and was said to have been very distressed.

“Police took it very seriously and forensic officers carried out a thorough examination of the area of the plane where it was said to have happened.

“Officers went on board the plane and detained the man before taking him away..

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